May 5, St Stanislaus of Kazimierz (Stanisław Kazimierczyk)

May 5
SAINT STANISLAUS of KAZIMIERZ, PRESBYTER
Optional memorial

Stanislaus (Stanisław) was born in Kazimierz (currently one of the districts of Kraków) on 27 September 1433. At a young age he entered the Canons Regular of the Lateran. In his monastic life he was characterised by the austerity of life and zeal to pursue perfection. Ordained presbyter, he served his brothers and the faithful. He was known for his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He died on 3 May 1489. Soon afterwards people began to venerate him. Pope John Paul II confirmed his heroic virtues and the cult given to him since time immemorial on 18 April 1999. Pope Benedict XVI canonised him on 17 October 2010.

Common of Pastors.

OFFICE OF READINGS

SECOND READING

From John Paul II’s homily on the day of the beatification of Stanislaus of Kazimierz
(“L’Osservatore Romano,” Polish Edition, 5-6/1993, 14-15)
The gift of Divine Providence for the Polish Church

The Church, born to “a living hope,” gives thanks for the imperishable inheritance which is kept for us in heaven. Christian people express Easter joy by their daughters and sons who particularly confirm this Divine inheritance kept for us in heaven.

I greet you, Stanislaus of Kazimierz, priest of the Canons Regular of the Lateran. Your life was inseparably connected to Kraków, to its famous Academy and the monastery by the Corpus Christi Church in Kazimierz, where your vocation grew and developed.

Stanislaus, Servant of God, lived in the 15th century – a long time ago. In the history of Kraków it was a special time – the century of saints, the age of extraordinary bloom of spiritual and religious life. It was then that Kraków gave us people such as John Cantius, Simon of Lipnica, Michael Giedroyć, Issaiah Boner and Świętosław of Sławków. Blessed age! Its spiritual face was created by saints and blesseds, among whom we may find Stanislaus of Kazimierz – a zealous worshipper of the Eucharist, teacher and defender of the Evangelical truth, educator, guide on the paths of monastic life, protector of the poor.

The memory of the holiness of this servant of God is still alive and brings fruit even today. This memory was expressed by the people of Kraków, and particularly of Kazimierz, through continuous prayer by his relics until today. As the Archbishop of Kraków, I led this prayer many a time. Today the Holy Church solemnly confirms his cult, elevating him to the altars.

Nowadays we need the advocacy of saints and blesseds so much! It is a special gift of Divine Providence for the Polish Church – the gift for our land.

Therefore, rejoice, Polish Church!

How much the man of any age yearns for meeting you, Christ – meeting you through faith that is tried in the fire of experience but brings forth joy – Easter joy. Faith brings forth “an indescribable and glorious joy.”

RESPONSORY Psalm 133:1; 3; 1 Corinthians 11:26

How good and how pleasant it is, when brothers live in unity!
For there the Lord gives his blessing, life for ever, alleluia.

As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
For there the Lord gives his blessing, life for ever, alleluia.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
you filled Saint Stanislaus, Presbyter, with the special devotion for the Blessed Sacrament and pastoral love,
grant that we, supported by his intercession and attracted by his example, may zealously strive for the ultimate necessity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Probatum seu confirmatum, die 25 ianuarii 1995, Prot. 2488/93/L.

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